I typically find that when people think about the Medifast weight loss program, the shakes are the first thing that pops into their mind. In fact, this diet is so closely associated with it’s shakes, that sometimes I have people who email me that don’t have any idea that there are many other food options available as part of this plan.
With that said though, people’s obsession with these products is somewhat understandable. They are tasty, healthy, filling, and easy to consume. I’m often asked about the nutritional value and / or content of them, so I will discuss this more in the following article.
There Are Many Different Products Under The “Medifast Shake” Category: First off, there are many different types of products in this category. Perhaps the most popular and the product that most people mean when they ask about the shakes are those named the 55. These are the products that come in the basic monthly package. This one does require that you blend or mix it but it is my favorite. it’s very versatile, comes in a variety of flavors, and you can tweak the texture as you see fit.
Then, there’s the 70 shakes which are basically the same as the 55, but with more protein and calories. These are generally consumed by men on the program or by women who are particularly athletic and active. These require a blender or shaker also. There are however, some shakes that come pre made. These are the “ready to drink.” They come in a box into which you insert a straw.
There are also some “specialty shakes” like the momentum line (fat burning), the appetite suppression line, the antioxidant variety, the heart and joint health, and the products for diabetics.
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I Believe That The Medifast Shakes Are Very Nutritionally Sound And Diet Friendly: If you look at a lot of so called “diet” or “protein” shakes, you’ll often find that they are filled with sugar, fat, and carbs. These ingredients can sabotage your attempts at losing weight because they don’t allow you to get into ketosis or fat burning mode. In order to do this, your carb to protein ratio must be a favorable one. And this is where many of the over the counter shakes miss the mark.
You should also know that these products are soy, not milk, based. I had my doubts about this initially but this does not affect the taste at all. I would not guess that this product was very low in lactose by taste. These shakes are also vegetarian and gluten free. They are kosher as well.
Most have about 90 -110 calories (which is MUCH lower than many grocery store products), around 13 – 15 grams of carbs, around 1-2 fat grams (which is VERY low), under 10 grams of sugar, and over 10 grams of proteins. These numbers will vary slightly based on which shake you are consuming (as well as which flavor), but they all generally fall within the same ranges and all of the ranges are “safe” and appropriate for dieting.
They all have at least 25% (often more) of the daily recommended intake of most vitamins and minerals, including the basics like A, B, D, C, K, iron, calcium, magnesium, etc. But you’ll also find less common nutrients like molybdenum, iodine, and pantothenic acid. The nutritional information on the box is quite lengthy. I’m impressed every time I glance over it.
In short, I find the Medifast shakes to be tasty, convenient and quite healthful. Although I do take full advantage of the other food offerings on this plan, I must admit that the shakes (especially the 55) are among my favorites.
Want more information on all of the diet’s shakes or other foods? Lindsey’s Medifast Review Website features recipes, a list of all of the foods (including all of the shake varieties and choices), videos, tips, coupons ( off or two weeks free),information and products related to success on this diet. She also offers a free ebook (“Getting The Most Out Of Medifast”) to help you get started. You can visit her at http://easiest-diet.com/.
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